Ercole sfida Sansone
Hercules, Samson and Ulysses
directed by Pietro Francisci
starring Kirk Morris, Richard Lloyd (= Iloosh Khoshabe), Liana Orfei, Diletta D'Andrea, Enzo Cerusico, Fulvia Franco, Aldo Giuffrè, Andrea Fantasia, Nando Angelini, Marco Mariani, Jole Mauro, Pietro Tordi, Mario De Simone, Aldo Pini, Ettore Zamperini, Ugo Sasso, Mario Wassilli, Fortunato Arena, Giovanni Di Benedetto, Willi Colombini, Cinzia Bruno, Fulvio Carrara, Loris Loddi, Stefania Sabatini, Walter Grant, Rina Mascetti, Antonio Corevi, Halina Zalewska, Wladimiro Tuicovich, Cyrus Elias, Franco Fantasia
written by Pietro Francisci, music by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
Hercules, Samson, Ulysses, Hercules (Kirk Morris), Hercules in Italy, Hercules in the 1950's/60's
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Hercules (Kirk Morris) and his men - a certain youngster called Ulysses
(Enzo Cerusico) among them - are sent out by Laertes (Andrea Fantasia),
King of Ithaca to kill a sea serpent ... but somehow, they're ship-wrecked
and end up in Judaea, where Hercules is seen killing a lion bare-handedly,
and thus thought to be Samson (Richard Lloyd), the only man in Judaea
known for being capable of such a deed. Thing is, Samson is regarded as a
rebel by Seren (Aldo Giuffrè), King of the Philistines, and now he has
Hercules and his friends arrested, mistaking him for that other
lionkiller. He doesn't believe Hercules either when he insists being
Greek, but his wife Delilah (Lina Orfei) seems to be more sound in mind
and persuades Seren to let Hercules go but hold his friends hostage to
force him to bring Seren the real Samson. On the way to capture Samson,
Delilah of course tries to seduce Hercules, but to no avail. Hercules
ultimately battle it out, but half way through the fight, they come to the
conclusion that they actually have much more in common than they thought
and above all a common enemy. So the two force Delilah (who eventually
also tries her charms on Samson, with equally little success) to bring
them to Seren, but are still lured into a trap ... but since the both of
them are known to throw rocks around, take on entire armies
single-handedly, and have a huge fanbase in the populace, they ultimately
overcome Seren, and when King Laertes rescue ship arrives for the finale
as well, everything turns out a-ok.
This film pays no heed to
something even remotely resembling historical accuracy but instead
carelessly throws together mythologies that have nothing whatsoever to do
with one another - and still, the film is one of the more enjoyable
peplums from the latter days of the genre, as it moves along at a steady
pace, features some cool sets and action setpieces, plays up Liana Orfei's
sex appeal by presenting her as the resident vamp, and it's rather
beautifully filmed, too. That said, no genre classic whatsoever, but
definitely one of the better peplums of its vintage ...
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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